Courses

Students admitted as Next System Fellows enroll in three classroom courses and a six-credit internship course for a total of 15 credits. In 2022, three of those courses met in person on Tuesdays on the Mason Square campus in Arlington. Two of them also met online on Thursdays. 

We are now preparing our course program for the 2023 Next System Fellows. That program will build on lessons learned in our first (very successful) year. Our 2023 course offerings will look a lot like what we offered in 2022:

  • Social Change and the Next System - INTS 375, SOCI 395 - This has been the core seminar for the Next System Fellows. See the "About Next System Studies" page to get a sense of materials covered.
  • Power, Politics, and Society - GOVT 319, SOCI 340 - The power to maintain or to change our society shapes our lives. Where does that power come from, how does it function, and how can we exercise power? Gain a critical understanding of concepts of relational power, state formation, governance, elites and masses, social classes, the racial state, patriarchy, hegemony and resistance, revolutions, social movements, corporate power, nationalism and citizenship, transnational networks, global capitalism and the world system. 
  • Digital Democracy and Radical Technologies - CDS 290, INTS 375, GLOA 398, GVPT, SOCI 395 - In this course, we explore the new technologies, social relations, and practices emerging in the course of the latest waves of the data revolution as contested terrains in a struggle between digital authoritarianization and digital democratization. In particular, we consider how this immediate struggle is shaping the conditions for the emergence of the next system. 
  • Internship Practicum - SOCI 416 or the equivalent in ANTH, INTS, GLOA, GOVT, GVIP, EVPP or another program - This course involves independent scholarly research grounded in a student's internship or other supervised practice. Students enrolled in this course produce a term research project, maintain a research journal, and meet with their supervising instructor and other enrolled students in order to receive constructive feedback.

These courses may also significantly help Next System Fellows advance toward completion of their major, minor, and some concentrations. For instance, the Internship Practicum course may fill the Capstone requirement. We encourage you to talk with your undergraduate advisor. 

Note that students who have already completed any of the three regular classroom courses (the first three listed above) can opt out of taking those again.